Wednesday night came with a harsh reminder that the Stanley Cup is not going to be simply handed to the Bruins.
In what was one of their ugliest losses of the season, the Bruins blew their chance to go up 2-0 in their first-round series with the Panthers, and were instead credited with 15 giveaways (honestly feels like they had twice as many as that). The Black and Gold paid for that downright disastrous puck management by way of a 6-3 loss to the Panthers, which was a brutal final score when you consider that the Bruins and Panthers entered the second intermission even at 2-2.
“I just think when we fell down 4-2, I didn’t think we regrouped or reset,” Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery said after the loss. “Most of the year, we’ve been able to take a breath, reset and go back to our game. We didn’t go back to our game when it went 4-2. I thought we got back to our game in the first two periods, every time we fell behind we got back to our game. A lot of what we did in the first two periods I liked, except for getting high scoring chances with screens at the net front.”
The loss also featured one of Linus Ullmark’s rougher nights, as Boston’s ace was tagged for five goals on 29 shots, while the Panthers’ Alex Lyon grabbed the win behind a 34-of-37 performance at the other end.
Here are the 98.5 The Sports Hub (dot com) 3 Stars of the game from a series-tying defeat at TD Garden…